Dean is expected to be an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane by the time it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula and then heads into the Gulf of Mexico. Please start praying now for the people in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the Yucatan as this storm passes through there. It's too soon yet to say exactly where it will make landfall in the USA, but right now it's pointing straight at Texas. Joy.
This has really become a monster storm. Jamaica is wearing the bullseye at the moment. Dean has slowed to 17mph and is moving W to WNW with sustained winds of 150 mph. Hurricane force winds extend outward 60 miles...95 KM...and TS force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, 335KM.
Dean is expected to reach Cat 5 in the next 24 hours and remain so until it gets to the Yucatan
IslandShari seems to hear from John and Kate before the rest of us. We are all on our knees and praying for them and all the others that are in harms way. Over the past months I personally have begun to feel as if they are really and truly my family. DG is a magic place for bringing us together for such a miriad of things. God bless each of you.
I have just found this - thank you Pep! I have John's Mom's number and his sisters info in the states...will be in touch with them soon. I am most concerned with getting them what ever they may need after Dean passes. They are seasoned islanders, and well prepared, but John's arm is in a cast, so that is a little worrisome. I will keep everyone posted as soon as I know anything. On the maps of this monster, the Caymans look so very tiny...prayers and thoughts to all in Jamaica and the rest of the path...
Has anyone else ever noticed that it seems that the worst natural disastors seem to happen in areas of the world where the people are least able to access shelter from the storm or have the resources to recover...
Yes, I have noticed...but its not just natural disasters that happen to those least able to protect themselves...man does his share as well. So sad. I misspoke a moment ago...its John's brothers info I have. Have a call in to his Mom, but her cell is off so left a message with the service. All the phones to the island are ringing busy - so they are probably out of service already.
Morning Pep! Yes, if needed we are organizing a post Dean house party over on the Tropical Gardening forum...hopefully it won't be needed. MeanDean veered a wee bit south overnight, so we are keeping our fingers crossed (and toes, and eyes and braids ...) .I adore Mexico, and don't wish this monster on anyone (!), but there are more sparsly populated areas in that part than in the Gulf. Keep up the positive thoughts everyone! maybe we can just blow this guy out to sea!
Bless your heart Chris - I knew you were! I just talked to John, he sounds real good - not scared - but ready. He respects this storm, so he's not taking any chances. He said that as soon as communications are back up - after - he will call so I can make a post on his behalf to his wonderful DG family. He is very touched by all the concern and love he feels from everyone on here. I am going to post this in "tis the season" as well. You guys are the greatest!
Thought I would let anyone interested know that it looks like John and Katie are okay...lots of wind and rain coming now, but no serious damage, and no one is hurt! Yeah!!!!! Hope the folks in Mexico fare as well! Thanks for all the good thoughts!
When I was in Honduras, I saw devastation still left from the 1998 Hurricane Mitch where whole towns came off the mountains and many, many people were killed. That storm killed over 9000 people. Little did I know when we were there Oct. 16 - 27th that that was almost to the day when Mitch hit them. Oct. 22 - Nov 9, 1998. Most people still talk about it and many things were not repaired. They said the flooding was unbelievable.
There used to be a whole town on this mountainside that slid down into the city of Tegucigalpa from the flood waters.